The Story of the 3

The history of the new BMW 3 Series Saloon. Discover how the BMW 3 Series Saloon has evolved over time.

BMW 02 Series, 1966 -1975

Although this model was not technically a BMW 3 Series, it served for the inspiration of the original BMW 3 Series design. Design elements such as the elongated hood, upright A-pillar and shorter front overhang were first seen.

The original BMW 3 Series, 1975  - 1983

The first generation BMW 3 Series increased in-size for the BMW 02 and was regarded a bold statement and car with a sporty flair. The original car has elements we still know and love today such as the double round headlights and the iconic kidney grille.

E30, 1982 - 1993

The next 3 series model adopted several design features from its predecessor such as the three-box design and the elongated hood. New variants of the model included the choice from 2-door or 4-door, convertible and touring models.

3rd Generation 3 Series


E36, 1990 - 1997

The new version of the 3 Series was seen as a huge leap for the brand with stand out developments including the chrome covered kidney grille and glass plate covered headlights.

E46, 1998 - 2005

The E46 had a distinctive look and feel. It was less rigid in its design, was larger than its previous models and had a raised roof-line for increased head space.

E90, 2005 - 2011

In 2005, BMW launched a new design philosophy that changed the BMW 3 Series form and function. Thye introduced contoured elements, inspired by the BMW Z4.

F30, 2011 - 2018

The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series took a modern interpretation for the design. The iconic kidney grille and headlights were merged together to create a strong visual front which complemented the bonnet.

New BMW 3 Series Saloon - Coming Soon!

The newest version of the vehicle is set to live up to its reputation as the ultimate drivers car. It is more refined, more responsive and more alive for the driver. It is also includes a enhanced layer of intelligence and significantly more aerodynamics.

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